Skinny pig Rio gets his unique onesie

Rachel Bird,  Rachel Jane Lister and winner Jack Simm.
Rachel Bird, Rachel Jane Lister and winner Jack Simm.
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A skinny pig from Morpeth will be wearing a designer onesie to keep him warm this winter thanks to a special competition.

Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth and Ashington’s The All-in-One-Company joined forces to throw down the gauntlet to any budding fashion designers who felt they were up to the challenge of designing a onesie for the otherwise shivering skinny pig, Rio.

The entries they received were of outstanding quality, ranging from pirates to punks and featuring bold stripes and vivid shapes.

The winner was announced as 11-year-old Chantry Middle School pupil Jack Simm, whose winning design, featuring all of the farm yard animals he could squeeze in, has been made by The All-in-One-Company in two sizes – one for Rio himself and the other for Rachel Bird, Rio’s trusted keeper at Whitehouse Farm.

Rachel Jane Lister, marketing manager at The All-in-One-Company, said: “We are thrilled with the quality and imagination of all of the designs, however, Jack’s stood out for his innovation and creativity.

“We absolutely can’t wait to see what Jack creates when designing his very own onesie with his winning gift voucher.”

Karen Lovatt, of Whitehouse Farm, added: ““Congratulations to Jack and runners-up Imogen and James.

“We were overwhelmed with the number of entries, the diversity of the designs and were delighted that Felton & Stobhillgate schools had also taken on the challenge.”

Following on from the competition, Whitehouse Farm declared this weekend as ‘Onesie Weekend’, where anyone visiting the facility in a onesie will be given half price entry and the chance to meet skinny pig Rio with his unique onesie.

Visit www.whitehousefarmcentre.co.uk for more information.